Praises as University Undergraduates Cloth Pupils
- Community leaders laud project ● It is part of our CSR- Students
- Olaoye Gideon and Bamidele Josiah
Eighteen students of the Department of Mass Communication, Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa yesterday sewed and delivered school uniforms to 30 indigent pupils of Eguare Primary School in Ogwa, Esan West LGA of Edo State.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in the Primary School, the leaders of the Class, Miss Oare Addeh and Miss Folashade Ogunsuyi, said they were happy to help indigent pupils who could not afford school uniforms because of their poor backgrounds. Miss Addeh added that the project which is christened “Uniform the Child” was part of the learning activities expected of undergraduates studying Community Relations in Mass Communication Department.
Responding, the Onogie of Ogwaland, His Royal Highness, Zaiki V. Agnomenere Ehizogie II and some members of his Cabinet thanked the students and the University authority for the project. According to the Onogie, “a project of this magnitude usually comes from the University Management. I am therefore surprised that undergraduates could take up this kind of initiative to help the community. On behalf of the community and the parents of these pupils, I appreciate you greatly.”
In her response, the Head Mistress, Mrs. M. E. Areakhandia, praised the students for selecting Eguare Primary School for the pilot phase of the Uniform the Child Project. Mrs. Areakhandia added that since the indigent pupils selected for the project were picked based on good behaviour, she was optimistic that it would encourage others to be disciplined. She also promised to communicate the gesture to the parents of the lucky pupils.
Reacting, the Head, Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Okwudiri C. Ekwe, told the Onogie and the Management of the School that the project was only at it pilot stage. According to Dr. Ekwe, “the Department will launch the full project in September 2019 where over 100 students will be provided with school uniforms and sandals”. He however called on the political class to support the initiative.
Another lecturer in the Department, Miss O.F. Abdul, commended the students for making the University and the Department proud. She added that the students had seen in practical terms the impact of corporate social responsibility.
A 5 year old pupil who benefited from the project, Master ThankGod Enodiasun, said he would take the new school uniform to his mother. In tears, Master ThankGod said, “I thank all these aunties for giving me a new uniform.”